MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - Middletown police say they’ve made multiple arrests in a drug trafficking ring that they also believe is connected to multiple homicides.
Police say federal agents took Benwan Edwards, of Middletown, into custody Monday morning and more arrests will be announced soon.
The Joint Operation Drug Traffickers Investigation includes Middletown police, FBI, ATF, Butler County Drug Task Force, and Warren County Drug Task Force officials.
They say all of those agencies participated in serving federal search warrants Monday morning at:
- 826 16th Ave. in Middletown
- 6930 Mt. Vernon Apartment 9 in Middletown
- 6880 Brandywine Apartment 12 in Middletown
- 806 17th Ave. in Middletown
- 2703 Roosevelt Blvd in Middletown
- 1901 Circle Kelly Jo in Middletown
- 300 S. Sutphin St. in Middletown
- 925 Cleverly Rd in Dayton
- 9167 Country Pond Trail in Miamisburg
They say guns and drugs were found during the raids.
Officials say the drug ring is believed to have a direct or indirect connection to the homicides of Teresa Shields, Benny Barefield, Kapriece Fuller and others.
“This was huge for us and this area," Chief Rodney Muterspaw said. "Sergeant Jamie Wilcox and the Special Operations team worked on this for over six months. We are really proud of them, not to mention our patrol officers who made a lot of this happen with great street work. With today and what’s coming next, if I was a dealer in this part of Ohio, I’d be looking over my shoulder for a long time. We’re onto you. We don’t want you here and our directive is to do whatever it takes to put you away. We are so grateful for the Butler County BURN unit, the FBI, Homeland Security, ATF and Warren County Task Force for their teamwork approach to make this happen.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Wilcox at 513-425-7749.